Burnout, and steps to prevent or heal

Burnout is not a situation you want to experience.  Back in 2009 the end result of my burnout state kicked off 369 Days of Worst-Case Scenarios.

The warning signs for me were there.  Fatigue, lack of sleep, irritability [I thought I was just extra grumpy ;)]. I ignored those signs, because I was hellbent on getting things done.  


So after going through my year of losses, I needed to (Re)learn how to do EVERYTHING.  From changing my mindset, to changing how I ate, lived, really everything had to change, because I was definitely not going to intentionally go through a year of hell again.

If you're feeling the onset of burnout, there's some quick things you can do to help.

1.  Take a day off.  Seems simple, and if you're a caregiver that may not be an easy thing to do, but if there's anyway you can bring in outside help to give you a break (before YOU break), you need to do it.  Get away from the office and/or home and go someplace that you enjoy to go.  Could be as simple as a coffeeshop, or your favorite restaurant.  

2. Take naps.  Remember in Kindergarten the nap time?  The school system should've continued that throughout the entire schooling career.  a 20-minute nap in the middle of the day does wonders for you and your sleep patterns.  

3. Journal.  I wrote a post on the importance of keeping a Journal.  It allows your brain to put to paper what's going on in your day and mind.  It also creates a way to look back and see if patterns of burnout are consistent over a period of time.  I wish I would have journaled prior to my 369 Days, as it may have prevented a lot of challenging times.

Burnout is preventable.  Talk with your support system (family, friends, co-workers, and bosses) about your concerns, and do what you need to do.  

My book 369 Days: How To Survive A Year of Worst-Case Scenarios is a great book to show how to rebound from burnout and losses.  You can order a copy here.

If you're struggling with burnout, there's a good chance you're struggling with boundaries.  I know what that's like, and I've helped many (Re)learn boundaries, so they can get their time back, and control that they so desire.  Book a call with me at this link.

Be well!

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